Abu Dhabi Total WRT has confirmed today that they will enter two cars at the Tour de Corse on 30th Sept to 2nd Oct., the French round of the World Rally Championship.
Kris Meeke and Paul Nagle will be joined by Craig Breen and Scott Martin, standing in for Stéphane Lefebvre and Gabin Moreau, who are continuing to rest and recuperate following their accident at Rallye Deutschland.
This will be Kris’ fourth appearance at the Tour de Corse. In 2005 and 2006, the Northern Irishman tackled the island’s narrow, twisty roads in a Citroën C2 Super 1600. Last year, he finished fourth in a very demanding event, marked by torrential rain and the cancellation of some of the stages.
Following their wins in Portugal and Finland, Kris and Paul return to tarmac, a surface on which they haven’t competed for almost a year.
Surprisingly, Craig Breen and Scott Martin are actually more experienced than their team-mates in Corsica. The Irish driver has competed at the Tour de Corse for the last four years. Sixth in 2012 in the IRC, Craig finished just shy of the podium places in the 2013 European Rally Championship round, before retiring in 2014 and finishing fourth in the WRC2 last year. After scoring a stunning third place in Finland, the young Irishman would love to show off his turn of speed and consistency at the ‘Rally of 10,000 Corners’!
The rally features 390.92km of timed stages taking in Ajaccio, Bastia and Porto-Vecchio. With the exception of the Power Stage, the stages are notable for their length, all lying between 30 and 50km.